Living Lab

In recent years, in the framework of our legume-focused European projects (TRUE, DIVINFOOD, legumES), we have built a network of farmers and other relevant actors (restaurants, chefs, food bloggers, seed traders and breeders, consumer organisations, caterers), that now functions as a Living Lab connecting the actors of the legumes value chain in Hungary.

The overall aim of the Living Lab is to promote the cultivation and consumption of pulses in the country; to assist farmers from seed procurement to information on cultivation technology and product marketing; to encourage chefs and consumers to use pulses more often; and to connect the different actors on a regular basis, including through the organisation of events and meetings.

The key players in the network are of course the farmers - we are currently working with 17 small and large horticultural and arable farmers who are experimenting with chickpea, lentil, yellow split pea, cowpea, sugar snap pea, yard-long bean, lima bean, faba bean, grasspea and edamame, among others. We are working with restaurants in Budapest and the countryside, the Association of Stylish Rural Restaurants (SVÉT), Farm2Fork, the Association of Conscious Consumers and the Municipality of Budapest, among others, to bring pulses to consumers and promote them.

We are always looking for contact with farmers and other value chain actors who would like to join the Living Lab - those interested can contact Juli Horváth at juli.horvath@agrikulti.hu.

Projects

LegumES

The environmental and health benefits of leguminous crops are increasingly coming to the forefront of agriculture and food production. Although the potential benefits, or the ecosy…

AgriToolKit

AgriToolKit is a complex sustainability assessment system developed by Agri Kulti with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture. By evaluating and making the sustainabi…

DIVINFOOD

DIVINFOOD is a Horizon 2020 project with the goal of studying neglected- and underutilized crops (minor cereals and legumes) in the seven European partner countries. The project se…

THE GOOD ENOUGH KITCHEN

Born out of the TRUE project researching legume-based food systems, a cookbook was published in 2021 by the founder of Agri Kulti, Gábor Bertényi and Nóra Nemes. The book’s philoso…

SYMBIOO

Symbioo.hu has been developed since 2021, aiming to (re)connect sustainably operating small- and mid-scale farms with urban consumers, specifically urban restaurants and their chef…

URBACT – FOOD CORRIDORS

In this URBACT project Agri Kulti has developed a local, sustainable food-system for the Municipality of Szécsény/Hungary - contributing to the integration of successful local food…

TRUE

In this H2020 project (TRUE/transition paths to sustainable legume-based systems in Europe), 24 project partners from 10 European countries have gotten together to explore and deve…

HÁZIKÓ CATERING

As a for-profit flagship project of Agri Kulti, HÁZIKÓ Catering has been operating from 2014 to 2018 as a food manufactory and catering company - using exclusively sourced and cert…

FOOD TRACK

Building on our AgriToolKit sustainability assessment system, Food Track has been developed as an interactive, customer-supported information and quality assurance system for farme…

FUNKY FOREST

Starting from 2017, Agri Kulti has been providing counseling, founding and participatory assistance to create a brand with strong environmental and social commitments right from th…

NAGYMAROS FARMERS’ MARKET

Founded in 2011 by Agri Kulti, Nagymaros Farmers’ Market is a forerunner of the new generation of Hungarian farmers’ markets. It has soon become the reference of many later markets…

SZIMPLA FARMERS’ MARKET

Founded by Agri Kulti, operating since 2012 in one of the world’s most famous bars in Budapest, the Sunday market in Szimpla represents a new level in linking city and countryside:…

PUBLICATIONS

Zafra, António, 2022: The Food Corridors Partnership. Chapter 4.6 (Szecseny. Co-designing a flexible model for measuring the sustainability of local food production) by Agri Kulti.…

FARMBISTRO

In operation from 2015 to 2018, Házikó Catering managed two Farmbistros in Budapest. The first as an extension of its food-manufactory, the second in a bank branch as a unique join…

BALASSAGYARMAT (HU) & NAGYKÜRTÖS (SK) RESEARCH

The main objective of this 3-year (2012-14) research project in the Balassagyarmat Micro Region (Nógrád County, N-Hungary) was to explore the agro-ecological conditions of the micr…

KADARKÚT-NAGYBAJOM RESEARCH

The key objective of this 2014 research in the Kadarkút-Nagybajom Micro Region, (SW-Hungary) was to identify and map the agro-ecological and human resources in a L…

SZIMPLA FARMERS@MARKTHALLE IX, BERLIN

In November 2012, Agri Kulti traveled with the All-Star-Farmers of Szimpla Farmers’ Market to Kreuzberg/Berlin for a weekend. The event was organized by Agri Kulti in cooperation w…

TAPOLCA MARKET

Tapolca is one of the few Hungarian settlements that have genuine farmers’ market with great history. The aim of this one-year project (2016-17) was to enhance the attractiveness a…

BALASSAGYARMAT FARMERS’ MARKET

Operating since 2014, Balassagyarmat Farmers’ Market was organized by the students and of the Sustainable Rural Development Course of ELTE Faculty of Human Ecology, as a result of …

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